Published on August 6, 2013
Clashes over the weekend between Muslims and police left an unspecified number dead. According to some sites close to the opposition, Muslims called for mass demonstrations to be held on Thursday, the religious day of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy months of Ramadan, in protests against the arrest of 28 people on terror charges.
The police accused the protesters of opening fire against them and claiming victims among the agents. In turn, Muslim leaders accused the security forces of dispersing various peaceful sit-ins in different cities with hydrants and batons, leaving at least 25 dead.
Ethiopia has experienced an escalation over the past months of protests of the Muslim community, which accuses the ruling class dominated by the Tigray ethnic group of discrimination, as well as interference and pressures in religious affairs. Muslims, who count 35% on a population of 85-million – in particular accuse the Ethiopian government of imposing the election of members of the moderate Al Ahbash group in the leadership of the National Islamic conference, in a move to keep from key positions the more radical Islamic figures and imams.
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